Apollo Music, Inc.            
3691 Darlene Ct.
Aurora, IL  60504
630.499.1911


Instructors
Lisa Starr-Vocal, Piano
Lisa is a dynamically entertaining and energetic performer and instructor.  Her background in classical voice provides the basic foundation from which she draws upon for both her performing and teaching disciplines.  She studies music theory, Piano and French Horn, and has performing for over 20 years, both as a solo artist and with various jazz and pop ensembles.  Her energy, enthusiasm and heartfelt soul are evident in both her teaching and performing styles.  



Tom Izzo-Trombones, Trumpet, Brass
With degrees in Music and Theater from North Central College in Naperville, additional studies at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Tom has been teaching and performing for 40 years.  He is an accomplished Arranger and Composer, currently arranging for a Brass Quintet in Atlanta, GA, a Clarinet Choir in Toronto, ON, as well as serving as arranger and composer for his own Brass Quintet and various local jazz ensembles.

As Bass Trombonist of the West Suburban Symphony as well as the principal Trombonist of the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI, Tom is also the Founding Director of The Naperville Area Trombone Ensemble, playing Alto through Contrabass Trombones.

Apollo Music is proud to have an Instructor of Tom's knowledge and experience as part of our faculty.

Jennifer Klingberg-Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in Chicago, her Bachelor of Science degree from Devry University, and is currently enrolled back at Columbia College working on her second Bachelor of Arts degree in Interactice Arts & Media, Game Sound and Music Design. 

Jennifer is a committed and passionate musician, studying privately for a number of years on piano, guitar, percussion, clarinet & saxophone. She has a solid background and knowledge of music theory and ear training, assisting her students in those areas at all levels.  She has been teaching privately for over 10 years, and brings a wealth of enthusiasm, positive encouragement and pure enjoyment to her teaching environment.
Ashley Wenzel-Piano
Ashley received her BA in Music with an emphasis on Piano Performance from Aurora University in Illinois, where she had received the Roger K. Parolini Music Scholarship, and earned the Stanley H. Perry Performance Arts Award in 2014.  She has made appearances in various recitals at AU,  performing as a piano soloist as well as accompanying the University Choirs and undergraduate students in voice and strings.  She has performed multiple times in the American Grands at Elgin Community College, and most recently in the Performing Arts Showcase for the St. Charles Center for the Arts in St. Charles, Illinois.

Studying piano since age six, Ashley strongly believes that learning music can greatly impact a students life, inside and outside of the classroom.  She is very passionate about sharing her musical knowledge and experience with students of all ages and skill levels.

Matthew Miller-Piano, Vibraphone, Drums, Percussion

Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies and German from North Central College in Naperville, IL.  Although vibraphone is his primary instrument, Matthew is proficient in playing and teaching piano, percussion and drum set, and believes that being an multi-instrumentalist broadens his understanding of music, allowing a more creative approach to each instrument.  In addition to teaching those listed, he also teaches jazz improvisation. 

Matthew's playing experience includes orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, big bands, small jazz combos, chamber groups, new music groups, rock bands and solo settings.  He believes in an academic methodology to music, including discussions of music theory and the intentions of a piece of music, so that students can apply what they have learned in one exercise or piece to other musical settings that may arise.  Matthew tailors his lessons to each student to help them achieve their individual goals.

Maxine Lange-Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Maxine Lange has recently graduated from North Central College with a BA in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis. She has been playing for 13 years, and has studied with well known private instructors in the Illinois and Indiana area including Cindy Fudala, Allie Deaver-Petchnik, and Marie Bennett. While at North Central, Maxine performed with a flute choir,  a woodwind quintet, and was also a member of the marching band on campus.

Maxine's goal as an educator is to help her students realize that they can achieve anything they set their mind to, and to provide them with as many new experiences as possible through music.  She's able to accomplish this by working within the ability level of her students and always encouraging them to work hard and do their best.

 

Ryan Penman-Piano, Guitar, Vocal
Ryan has received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, IL.  While attending North Central College, Ryan was nominated for three consecutive years to perform in the honors piano recital, and has studied with several prominent instructors, including Jon Warfel and Chris White.

Prior to his work at North Central College, Ryan completed his Associates of Arts degree in Music from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL, where he studied music composition with Dr. Mark Lathan, and composed music for the Waubonsee Chorale.  Additionally, Ryan has accompanied ensembles such as the Naperville Chorus and the St. Patrick's Adult Contemporary Choir.

Ryan's goals as a music educator include cultivating self-confidence in students, helping them to understand and realize their full potential as musicians.

Michael Schuller-Vocal, Piano, Percussion, Guitar
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral and General Music in 2016 from North Central College in Naperville, IL.  Michael is currently teaching in Naperville School District 203, educating young students across all grade levels.  Michael's goals as an educator are to create passionate life-long learners, and to give each student the skills they need to make music a part of their daily lives. 
                                    Kelsey Richardson-Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Vocal, Piano

Kelsey is currently working towards her degree in Music Education from North Central College in Naperville, IL. 

 
Genevieve Knoebel-Violin, Viola, Cello
Genevieve received her Bachelors of Music Education with Instrumental Music Specialization from the University of Illinois, Champaqign-Urbana in 2012.  She has been an active performer for the past 10+ years, including performing regularly with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Jamaica Plains Symphony Orchestra in Boston, MA. 

As an award winning soloist, Genevieve has a true passion for teaching and has been doing so for over 10 years. Genevieve creates personalized curricula, made especially to engage each of her students.  Incorporating a variety of musical genres, history and theory, Genevieve strives to help each student broaden their knowledge and appreciation of music. 

Dakota Rolfe-Guitar
Dakota is currently studying advanced Classical Guitar at Aurora University under the guidance of Ric Larsen.  In addition to his studies at AU, Dakota has over a decade of experience performing locally and recording in a variety of bands, ensembles and as a solo artist.  His experience in the genres of rock, pop, jazz and classical guitar have provided him a unique insight on the techniques and skills he's able to provide for his students. 

Dakota is a passionate performer and devoted educator and will be continuing his education, pursuing his degree in Commercial Music.
Joshua Malave-Cello, Violin, Viola
Josh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2014 from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently finalizing his Masters in Music Composition and Performance Certificate at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.   He studies cello privately with Professor Cheng-Hou Lee and composition with Professor David Maki at NIU. 

Josh has performed a variety of musical genres during his academic career, including the Mansfield University Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater, in addition to the NIU Middle Eastern and Chinese Ensembles.
He has performed in venues all across the United States, and as a performer and composer, Josh is devoted to the development of new music.  
Gus Gotsis-Drums, Percussion
Gus received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music in 1979 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.  A constant performer, Gus played in the SIU Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and a variety of jazz ensembles, and was often found performing jazz, blues and R & B in many of the clubs located in the southern Illinois area.  Gus has continued performing in the Chicago area for the last 30+ years and is currently working with The Chicago Kingsnakes.

Gus has been teaching privately for over 30 years, and is very comfortable teaching beginning students as well as students of all levels.  He has a natural passion for working with Special Needs Students and devotes much of his personal teaching time to that.